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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


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Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

Public News Service - MD: Toxics

Maryland has been more keenly focused on cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay in recent years, but conservation groups say more should be done. (iStockphoto)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – It's time to take out the trash – out of the Chesapeake Bay, that is, and the waterways that feed into it. This is the first Chesapeake Cleanup Week, sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland. And some groups are making it a competition to see who

Baltimore Waterfront Partnership's Healthy Harbor Initiative has collected more than 1 million Styrofoam containers since its first

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BALTIMORE - Maryland soon could become the first state to ban Styrofoam food containers and cups. A bill passed this week by the House of Delegates prohibits restaurants, supermarkets, vending trucks, movie theaters and schools from providing polystyrene food containers. Even egg cartons would have

The Susquehanna River is a major water source that empties into the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

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WASHINGTON – This week, more than 100 clean-water advocates traveled to Washington DC, urging lawmakers to increase funding for clean water in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. For the past two years, the Trump administration has either proposed cuts or zeroed-out funding the Environmental Prote

In a lawsuit, the city of Baltimore says it believes Monsanto has caused

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BALTIMORE - The city of Baltimore is suing agrochemical giant Monsanto and two other companies, claiming they were "completely aware" that the chemicals used in some of their products were toxic and didn't degrade in nature. Suzanne Sangree, Baltimore's director of affirmative litigation, claimed t

Columbia Gas, a subsidiary of TransCanada, proposed a gas pipeline through Maryland and beneath the Potomac River. (Chesapeake Climate Action Network)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – For two years, environmental groups have warned about the dangers of the Potomac Pipeline – and this week, their voices were heard. The Board of Public Works voted to deny the request from Columbia Gas to construct the distribution line under the Western Maryland Trail.

The National Toxicology Program conducted studies in rats and mice to help clarify potential health hazards of cellphones, which are used by 95 percent of American adults. (terimakasih0/Pixabay)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A federal agency has released the final results of what could be the world's largest and most costly experiment linking cancer in male rats to cellphone radiation. The National Toxicology Program concluded there's "clear evidence" that prolonged exposure to high levels of ra

The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load is a federal

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – At the halfway point toward their unified goal of cutting pollution that flows into the Chesapeake Bay by 2025, states around the Chesapeake Bay are fighting among themselves over lackluster progress on pollution-reduction goals for the bay. At last week's Chesapeake Executive

Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard was established in 2004, according to the Maryland Public Service Commission. (Pixabay)

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BALTIMORE — While state officials believe they are working toward a greener Maryland, environmental groups in the state are calling for changes in what's considered renewable energy. Maryland was given a failing grade from both Food and Water Watch and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Respon

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